Just looking back at some of the easter eggs planted along the way in early Marvel films, it's easy to see that the company has a pretty long-term plan. But did you know they already have the next decade mapped out on some secret whiteboard deep within the company?
In a great interview with Wired about the company’s shared-universe approach that led to the blockbuster Avengers team-up, Marvel studio president Kevin Feige has opened up about the next few phases we haven’t heard about. At least, not yet.
Feige teased that the company is already looking at which films they’ll release in 2021, much the same way they were mapping out The Avengers way back when the first Iron Man became a surprise hit:
“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening ... Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone. Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.
Disney has allowed us to be a relatively small, tight-knit brain trust. These billion-dollar ventures come down to 10 people or fewer in a room saying, ‘You know what would be cool?’”
The approach has worked up to this point, and it looks like Marvel is going to keep taking risks, with lesser-known stories such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man in the pipeline.
So which characters do you think we’ll be seeing on the big screen come 2021?